When the weather outside is colder than usual it can be hard on your car. The oil gets thicker and slower to flow the battery produces less power and tires can lose some air pressure. All of these factors can lead to your car not starting or what’s called a “cold start.”

Here are some tips to help avoid a cold start:

1. Check your oil level and quality. When it’s cold outside your car’s engine needs thicker oil to lubricate properly. Check your owner’s manual to see what type of oil is best for your car during colder months. You should also check the oil level regularly and top it off if necessary.

2. Check your battery. A cold battery produces less power and is more likely to fail. Have your battery tested regularly to make sure it’s in good condition. If it’s more than three years old you may want to consider replacing it.

3. Check your tires. Cold weather can cause tires to lose air pressure which can lead to a flat or blowout. Check your tire pressure regularly and add air if necessary. Also be sure to inspect your tires for any signs of damage or wear.

4. Keep your gas tank full. When the tank is low condensation can build up and freeze which can clog the fuel line.

5. Park in a garage or carport. This will help protect your car from the cold and wind.

6. Use a block heater. This is a device that plugs into an outlet and warms up the engine before you start your car.

7. Give your car time to warm up. Once you’ve started your car don’t rev the engine or drive too fast. Go easy on the gas and brakes until the engine has had a chance to warm up.

Following these tips can help you avoid a cold start and keep your car running smoothly all winter long.

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Drew Dorian

I love cars and I love writing about them

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